2005-09-01

This and That

Darfur. Yeah, it's still there. Yeah, people are still being tormented and slaughtered there. Alas is on it, though, with a post from Blue Girl Red State. Someone named Shameless Hussy wants you to help. Go read Ampersand's post and follow the link to BGRS. Then go make a donation. I don't care where you are on the political spectrum, this is your problem. Thanks to Amp for keeping it on the radar.

I know you want things to get better in Iraq just as much as I do. (Say yes.) So no matter where you stand on the war or the current administration, this post from Pseudo-Adrienne (again at the indispensable Alas) on apparent reprisals against Army whistle-blower Bunnatine H. Greenhouse should get your attention. Now that the Ba'athist genocide in Iraq has been ended, the Iraqi people and the American taxpayer have a right to know that reconstruction funds are being properly used. I'm going to keep an eye on this one.

The harm done by hurricane Katrina was exacerbated by years of unwise land-use policies, says Wretchard in this Belmont Club post on hurricanes and coastal cities, which quotes an eerily prescient article in Scientific American by Mark Fischetti. Wretchard concludes: The disaster in Louisiana is the cumulative result of decades of a certain type of land use; land use driven as much by local politics as anything else, crossing all conceivable party lines and ideologies. As I argued in the Imperfect Storm, the evidence suggests that we can only make a limited impact on hurricane power and duration by adjusting fossil fuel consumption. But we can make a major reduction in human tragedy by zoning, protective architecture and contingency planning.' Read it all at the link.

From his vantage point on A1A, Ocean Guy sees a world without fossil fuels in the not-too-distant future. Conservation only postpones the inevitable, he says ... let's look at alternatives like hydrogen. And the sooner the better. Also on energy, don't miss the latest edition of New Energy Currents at Winds of Change. And be sure to check out Emily's post on peak oil.

Regime Change Iran is burning up the wires now that Doctor Zin has got that much-needed new computer. Go check out the Regime Change Iran homepage for the latest on the Tehran-based terror organization calling itself the "Islamic Republic". And speaking of Iran, join the Iranian freedom movement in the September 11 vigil against terrorism.

Nadz has two words for Hamas. And plenty more words for all those other fundamentalist nutjobs in this post.

Blog Machine is shutting down, I'm told. I'll be sorry to say goodbye to that red box on my sidebar, the one that links to great blogs like Armies of Liberation and My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. (Go read Beth's Hurricane Homecoming, too. Looks like the disaster brought out the best in some and the worst in others.)

Iraq the supermodel. One of the women competing for the title of Miss UK is Iraqi-born Miss Nottingham Sara Mendili, who left Iraq at age 12, reports Omar at ITM.

The Arabic version of "The Trouble with Islam Today" is being published (published!!!) in parts of the Middle East, reports lesbian Muslim activist Irshad Manji. Go read her current posts.

Apropos of nothing, here's a gratuitous plug for The Crazy Rants of Samantha Burns.

"Too liberal to be a Republican and too conservative to be a Democrat..." For the record, I have no connection whatsoever with this site. But it's SOOOOO me!

I'll be offline this weekend, using the New Moon as an excuse to gather my energies. I'll try to stay away from the technology altogether, although I confess to being hypnotized by this ultra-cool New Age computer game called The Journey to Wild Divine. It comes with a biofeedback monitor and a nifty little booklet. Next week ... look out! The blogging will resume fast and furious.

Last but by no means least, I had a great visit with The Next Generation last weekend and I'm looking forward to getting together with him again soon, hopefully in time for his 10th birthday in December. He loves art, basketball, and dogs.

And that's all I have right now. Stay tuned. The fun is just beginning.